May 15 – 21

ACT for Alexandria is hosting their 2021 IMPACT Racial Equity Forum on June 9 and 10. The event will highlight the history of race and racism in Alexandria, increasing mobility from poverty, the leadership imperative around operationalizing diversity, equity and inclusion, and storytelling and narrative change for racial equity. To register for IMPACT, click here. The event is virtual so attendees can participate in the sessions that best align with their schedules and interests.

Find a Helpline, a tool developed by the New Zealand charity Live for Tomorrow, expands to the USA through a partnership with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). The tool is the world’s largest resource of mental health and crisis helplines, offering over 1,600 services in 66 countries that provide immediate emotional support over phone, text or web chat. Full press release at GlobeNewswire.

Hadar Susskind, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now, is quoted in an article by WJLA discussing a rally of Jewish leaders at the Embassy of Israel calling for violence to end in the Middle East.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce presented A-SPAN with the Best Business Award in the nonprofit category at their awards event held on May 19 at the Crown Plaza in National Landing. Board Chair Tim Denning, accepted the award in-person on behalf of A-SPAN. 

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is holding it’s 2nd annual Get Centered with Bingo on June 11. This free virtual event is an opportunity for nonprofits to learn from experts, have fun with their peers and win great prizes.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) and the Montgomery Museum of Art & History are hosting an exhibition of watercolors by the artist William R. (Bill) Snow through June 29. Proceeds from the sale of any of Snow’s art during the exhibition and a June 3 outdoor reception benefit CFNRV’s Fund for the New River Valley. Learn more at The Southwest Times.

The story of how Craigslist’s founder has helped DC Central Kitchen invest in small farms is exclusively featured in an article by the Washington City Paper. Also, DC Central Kitchen and their Healthy Corners program, through which sustainable partnerships are made with convenience stores and other local businesses to offer affordable fresh food, are referenced in a Washington Post article.

NBC4/T44 is awarding a total of $315,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations in the DC area, including Center member DC SCORES, through the Comcast NBC Universal Foundation Project Innovation Grant Competition. 

On June 7, Food & Friends’ Emerging Leaders Network is hosting a special program, “Charting the Path to Board Leadership.” The Emerging Leaders Network offers an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and professional network, affect change in your community, and gain hands-on experience serving on behalf of a nonprofit organization. Learn more or sign up at the events website.

The National Black Justice Coalition and Out in Tech, a non-profit for LGBTQ tech leaders, have launched the Lavender Book. This community-led directory was inspired by the Green Book, a guide released during the Jim Crow era to help Black travelers find safe restaurants, hotels, and other establishments while traveling. Learn more at Gay City News.

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) has announced the winning firms to be honored with NLADA‘s 2021 Beacon of Justice Award, recognizing pro bono work done to address systemic racial disparities in 2020. The awards will be celebrated at NLADA’s 2021 Exemplar Award Virtual Gala on June 9, 2021.


May 8 – 14

Stuart Anderson, the community engagement director for the Anacostia Coordinating Council, was quoted by the Washington Post in an article about a hospital in DC facing hard times.

Katharina Kopp, deputy director of the Center for Digital Democracy, was quoted in an article by NBC News about how websites use “dark patterns” to manipulate you.

In line with the mission of its Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to highlight some of the region’s most prominent change makers. During May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Center is spotlighting leaders who identify as AAPI for their impact and countless contributions to people and communities in need.

Nicole Lewis, executive director of Generation Hope, was interviewed about her story by WUSF Public Media. Read the transcript or listen to the interview at their website.

Latin American Youth Center was featured in an exclusive video by WIJA News about their story and services.

The McLean Project for the Arts is seeking submissions for its 15th annual MPAartfest, a one-day, juried fine art and craft show featuring local and regional visual artists. This year’s festival will take place on October 3 in McLean Central Park. The deadline to submit work is June 15. Learn more at the Tysons Reporter.

Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, was quoted in an article by healthline discussing what to do if you or a loved one can’t get the vaccine.

Tina Campanella, CEO of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, was featured on Comcast Newsmakers sharing how QTID successfully pivoted to virtual services without interruption and discussing the continuing impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities. Campanella was also featured with Rhonda White, Quality Trust’s Community and Family Engagement Liaison, in the East of the River magazine on their new parent-to-parent support program, Family Ties of DC.

Bruce Brown, the executive director of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, was quoted in an article by WENY News reporting that Trump’s DOJ secretly obtained phone records of Washington Post reporters.

St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families was featured in an exclusive video by WUSA9 about their organization.

The Washington Theological Consortium announced a virtual symposium that will draw together theology and ministry leaders, faculty, and students to explore the question “Should theological schools prepare pastors, priests, and other religious leaders to serve only their religious communities or also the wider public?” Learn more at Episcobal News Service.


May 1 – 7

During Small Business Week, Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded a total of $5.2 million in grants to 13 businesses through the DC Local Equity, Access, and Preservation Funds (DC LEAF) program, including $340,000 to Center member DC Central Kitchen. Full press release at The DC Line.

Philanthropist Brad Clark, the founder and creative force behind the Maryland Lyric Opera, where he currently serves as Artistic Director, has donated $5 million to Food & Friends. Full press release at their website.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder of Generation Hope, is in an exclusive article by The Chronicle of Higher Education featuring her book and discussing the importance of supporting student parents. Lewis’ personal story has also been featured in NPR.

Join the Greater Washington Community Foundation on May 20 to celebrate the many collaborations and partnerships that have helped our community navigate the COVID-19 crisis over the past year. The Celebration of Community Champions virtual event will share the incredible stories of neighbors helping neighbors that have continued to inspire us. Learn more at their website.

Lupi Quinteros-Grady, president and chief executive of the Latin American Youth Center, published an opinion piece titled, “Reopening should not leave youths and families of color even further behind,” in The Washington Post. The organization and its mission is also featured in a video by ABC News.

League of American Orchestras announced its 76th National Conference, ‘Embracing a Changed World.’ The opening session, June 7, features musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis in conversation with league president and CEO Simon Woods. Learn more at Broadway World.

The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter was selected to receive a $76,500 grant from the Loudoun Community Cabinet, a fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Full press release at LoudounNow.

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) received a donation of a large body of work of sculptor and longtime local resident Emilie Benes Brzezinski. The gift was announced at the organization’s recent “ArtSprings!” benefit, held online and featuring remarks by Brzezinski’s children Ian, Mark and Mika. Read more at InsideNoVa.

Lori O. Smetanka, the executive director for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is quoted in an article by The New York Times that discusses how even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.

Job training at United Planning Organization’s (UPO) Workforce Institute was featured in the City Paper’s story on Chef Jerald Thomas, who leads UPO’s culinary arts certification courses. Also, Capital Area Asset Builders invited UPO to present at a webinar on Free Tax Preparation and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

In recognition of their contribution to the legal community of the District of Columbia, the DC Bar selected Washington Council of Lawyers as the 2021 Voluntary Bar Association of the Year.

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